School Admissions

 Important information for Parents and Carers

The national closing dates for submitting Primary & Secondary School online applications for September 2020 entry have now passed. Online applications via the Citizen Portal are no longer possible. If you have still not applied, you must now request a paper application form by emailing the School Admissions Team:

This page provides the main information for parents/carers about the processes for applying for a place at a school in Sefton.

From September 2019 Ofsted is changing the way it inspects schools. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Nursery Placements

If you are looking for Nursery provision for a child under school age, please go to where you can search for OFSTED registered nurseries and childminders in your local area. 

Sefton Schools Admissions Information Guide 2020 21 (pdf 7.54MB)
In Year School Admission Application Form A1 (pdf 467KB)
In Year School Admissions A Guide For Parents (pdf 683KB)

If you are seeking a new school place for your child(ren) at a Sefton school, for reasons other than a house move, this is classed as a ‘School Transfer’ and the relevant information can be found below

In Year School Transfers A Guide For Parents (pdf 613KB)
In Year School Transfers Application Form T1 (pdf 553KB)

School Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused a place at a school by the Admission Authority (or via a Fair Access Panel decision), you have the right to submit an appeal against this decision, to an Independent Appeal Panel. Further details will also be provided to you in the decision letter sent to you when your application has been processed (In Year Admissions) or on the National Offer Days for Primary & Secondary School Admissions. General information can be found below, please also refer to the separate Admission Appeals page for further details on how we are proposing to manage Appeal Hearings during the current Coronavirus Public Health Emergency.

Admission Appeals Timetable 2020 (pdf 384KB)
Admission Appeals Fact Sheet (pdf 331KB)


Home to School Transport

If you think your child may be eligible for Home to School Transport please see the information and application forms below. 

Sefton Home To School Transport Policy 2019-20 (pdf 535KB)
Post 16 Transport Policy Statement 2019-20 (pdf 614KB)
School Pupil Travel Pass Application Form (pdf 151KB)

Applying for year 10 admission (to Technical Colleges / Studio Schools or 14-16 provision)

If you are considering applying for a place at a 14-16 College, Studio School & U.T.C Please ensure that apply for admission directly to the school/college concerned.  More information can be found using the link below

Yr 10 Admission to a UTC, Studio School or 14-16 provision 

School Admissions Policy and Reports

View the School Admissions Policy and Reports page which includes the 'Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2019-20 for Primary & Secondary Schools' and the 'Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator - 2019'. 

Important information regarding Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

The Local Authority has implemented stringent social distancing measures to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus and to protect the health of staff and the public. For this reason, the School Admissions Team are currently not office based and are working from a number of locations, we would therefore prefer any contact to be via email if possible. Please include your child’s name and date of birth in any email.

Bootle Town Hall is currently closed to the public. Please do not attend the Town Hall for advice about School Admissions or Free School Meal eligibility. Please use email instead.

All emails will be responded to as quickly as possible, but it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. 

If you do not have access to email and need to discuss a matter regarding School Admissions urgently, the team have been provided with a limited number of temporary mobile phones as shown in the table below. Please only call if it is absolutely necessary and you do not have access to email.

Temporary Mobile Telephone numbers for contacting the School Admissions Team:

Queries relating to:

Temporary Telephone Number:

Admissions to Reception Year Sept 2020 entry

07870 379734 (Mon – Thurs only)


07971 623153


Admissions to Secondary School (Year 7) Sept 2020 entry

07971 623153


07870 379734 (Mon – Thurs only)


In Year School Admissions (all other year groups)

07814 312964


School Admission Appeals (all year groups)

07966 042564


07870 379775


Alternative numbers or for any other enquiries:


07971 623147


07870 379775

Free School Meal Eligibility & contact details – please refer to the Free School Meals eligibility web page

The above phone numbers are available during normal office hours Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays. We are endeavouring to offer as normal a service as possible during these times. Calls may not be answered as they would normally if the team were office based. Please bear with us and thank you for your understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Last Updated on 06 May 2020

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